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Family float - thinking of getting a ladder for ease of (re)entry. 22" tubes on the raft. Thoughts? Suggestions on a ladder?
 

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I can tell you there is no ease in any of the ladders I have used to get in my old round boat. As soon as I step in the ladder goes under the boat and you fall backwards in the water. Takes some practice, I have had my leg caught in it more times than not. 10.00 + shipping if you are interested? lol
 

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I have the GCPBA ladder and several models of the other way cheaper brands.

My opinion, the GCPBA is by far the easiest to use and by far costs the most. Join GCPBA and get a discount on the ladder.

The other versions work but take a lot of expertise and often some luck.

My opinion, the best raft boarding ladder other than the GCPBA version was a home made one made from metal EMT conduit for the steps and thin wire cable to hang the steps on. I suppose a light weight chain would work even better than the thin wire cable. You home builders can make a good version using the EMT etc materials.
 

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I've made a couple ladders exactly like the Clavey ladders for ~ $18 ea. Easy to make. The most expensive part is the bag. I've used the ladders many times after doing a cool off swim. Not too hard to use once you get the hang of it. I would be careful if kids use it, they might slide their leg through a rung and get tangled.
 

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I have the one from Clavey. Used it once. Haven't even taken it on the trips since.

They aren't as easy as they look, they want to swing under the boat when you step on the bottom rung. Makes it nearly as difficult to get in as just pulling yourself in using the frame or other grabs on the boat itself. i ended up wanting my family to get in the habit of being able to get back in the boat without. In the event of an unexpected swim, I don't want them relying on a ladder that may or may not be in the boat, on the side they are on, etc.

Yes, it may be a family float, but no better time to practice getting in and out than a family float! My kids end up making a game of it, and are starting to be able to do it now.
 

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If we jump in for a cool down swim, we just use an etrier from our aid climbing days. It does swing under the tube if you step in too low, but if you clip it inside the frame (we have a cat) you can step in one of the higher rungs and grab the built in handle to pull yourself in no problem. When not in use, it is safely (read: huge entanglement hazard) stored away.

Boilermaker is right, however, and everyone on your boat should practice and be able to climb back on under their own power...just in case.
 

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I made one out of nylon webbing and a few pieces of PVC, great for swimming. It is a good skill to practice re-entering your raft for emergency situations, the ladders just arent viable for that.
 

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I have the GCPBA ladder and several models of the other way cheaper brands.

My opinion, the GCPBA is by far the easiest to use and by far costs the most. Join GCPBA and get a discount on the ladder.

The other versions work but take a lot of expertise and often some luck.

My opinion, the best raft boarding ladder other than the GCPBA version was a home made one made from metal EMT conduit for the steps and thin wire cable to hang the steps on. I suppose a light weight chain would work even better than the thin wire cable. You home builders can make a good version using the EMT etc materials.
Thanks for the info. It's a lot of money to spend if it doesn't work that well. Good to know it actually works.
 

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moon, your version looks good to go to me. is that various size tubing available in a normal hardware store?
That Is My Ladder. IShow How I Attach It On The First Page Of Boat Porn. It Exstends Two Feet Below The Water Line And Doesn't Go Under The Boat. I Use Clovis Pins And clips. I Can Jump In And Swim, Climb Back In No Problem.
 

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That Is My Ladder. IShow How I Attach It On The First Page Of Boat Porn. It Exstends Two Feet Below The Water Line And Doesn't Go Under The Boat. I Use Clovis Pins And clips. I Can Jump In And Swim, Climb Back In No Problem.
It Is A Exstending Ladder The Kind On A Power Boat.Take The Strap off The Rungs. Flip It Over And It Deploys On Its Own. Two Feet Bellow The Water. Stays Straight And Strong. I Am 200 Lbs. I Needed SomethingThat Didn't Go Under The Boat. I Have A Slight Case Of Muscular Dystrophy So With A Webbing Ladder They Go Under The Boat, And I Need The Leverage To Be Under Me Not The Boat. 89 Dollars Was How Much It Cost. Pins From Bolt And Nut Company. Just Google Four rung Boat Exstension Ladder. Windlass I Think. My Phone CapitalizeS Everything For Some Reason.
 

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I bought mine off ebay...$20 I think. Mounted it on my side rails but don't have a pic so I used joes. Just type in telescoping ladder in ebay and they come up..
 
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